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Preparing For Radiological Population Monitoring And Decontamination (2006)

Health and Human ServicesPreparing for Radiological Population Monitoring and DecontaminationCDC DV0017 2006Centers for Disease Control. The terrorist attacks of 2001 in the United States and the subway attacks of 2004 and 2005 in Madrid, Spain, and London, England, showed that terrorists will go to great lengths to cause harm to people and disrupt their lives. Therefore, the risk that an overt or covert terrorist attack will occur involving radioactive materials is an unfortunate reality. If such an incident were to take place, hundreds of people could be exposed to radiation or contaminated with radioactive materials. In addition, hundreds of thousands could seek treatment for radiation exposure or reassurance that their health will not be affected. Most communities are not prepared to deal with the large volume of people who could seek screening and monitoring for radioactive contamination and possible exposure to radiation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to develop radiological population monitoring guidelines for communities on the basis of consultation from experts from federal, state, local, and academic organizations. This broadcast will cover the basic components of these guidelines in development. It will also help community leaders and public health workers prepare to conduct short- and long-term monitoring of people affected by a nuclear or radiological terrorist incident or an accidental release of radioactive materials into the environment. A question-and-answer session will enable participants nationwide to pose questions to panelists by toll-free telephone, fax, or TTY lines. In addition, questions may be e-mailed to [email protected] both before and during the broadcast.
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